The Energy Network Home Upgrade
Program Updates:  Effective August 1, 2016
To ensure consistent program implementation region-wide, The Energy Network is announcing updated project requirements for  The Energy Network's Energy Upgrade California┬« Home Upgrade program. 

Effective August 1, 2016, the following changes will apply to new Home Upgrade project reservations with The Energy Network:
  • Minimum 10% energy savings OR measure rebate value of $2,000 or greater:
    • Projects with 10% or greater energy savings qualify. No audit is required. An energy savings calculator will be provided by the program.
    • Or,
    • Projects can qualify without the energy savings calculation by including measures with a combined rebate value of $2,000 or greater. This is in alignment with the SCE/SoCalGas program 200-point minimum.
  • Final rebate must not exceed 50% of project cost:
    • The $3,000 maximum is still in place.
    • For example, if the project cost is $5,000, the maximum final rebate is $2,500, even if the sum of measure rebates is $2,700. 
All other program requirements including the three-measure minimum remain the same.

Summary of Program Changes as of August 1, 2016
 
Existing Requirements
Updated Requirements
Minimum energy savings OR measure rebate value 
N/A
Minimum of 1 0% energy savings, or minimum of $2,000 rebate value for all measures
Maximum final rebate
Maximum of $3,000
Maximum final rebate of 50% of project cost, up to $3,000 cap
Timeline Projects received before 8/1/16 and completed before 12/31/16
Projects received after 8/1/16 or completed after 12/31/16

Projects reserved prior to August 1 must submit all post-retrofit data before December 31, 2016 to be exempt from the updated project requirements. 
Coming Soon: Program Updates Webinar
The Energy Network will announce a date and time for this event soon.

In this webinar, account managers will:
  • Provide an overview of the changes to the Home Upgrade program.
  • Answer questions about the changes and introduce the energy savings calculator.
  • Collect Participating Contractor feedback on how to support contractors during this transition. 
Frequently Asked Questions: 
  • What if I reserve my incentive before August 1, 2016 but do not submit my post-retrofit application ahead of the December 31, 2016 deadline?
    •   The new program requirements described above will apply.
  • What if I reserve my incentive on August 1, 2016?
    • The new program requirements described above will apply.
  • How do I learn more?
    • Contact your Account Manager. We are also hosting a Program Updates Webinar where we plan to gather your feedback on how we can best support you during this program change. 
       
  • What if my project includes measures with a rebate value of $2,400, but the project cost is only $3,600?
    • This project meets the minimum measure rebate value requirement of $2,000, so no energy calculation is required. However, the customer's final rebate will be $1,800, as the maximum final rebate must be no greater than 50% of the $3,600 project cost. 
  • Will the incentives and requirements go back to the old structure on January 1, 2017?
    • The new program requirements will continue to apply in 2017.
  • How will I calculate the energy savings for a Home Upgrade project?
    • The energy savings calculator will be provided to Participating Contractors later this month, in alignment with the SCE/SoCalGas program. If your project includes a measure rebate value of $2,000 or greater, the requirement is satisfied without using the calculator. 
Questions? We're always happy to help.

Contact us at  homeupgrade@theenergynetwork.com  or (877) 785-2237.

The Energy Network is administered by the County of Los Angeles and funded by California utility ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. www.theenergynetwork.com

 

Energy Upgrade California┬« Home Upgrade provides assistance and incentives for home improvement projects that can reduce energy use and make homes more comfortable. This statewide program is managed locally by utilities and regional energy networks and directed by the California Public Utilities Commission in collaboration with the California Energy Commission. Funding comes from utility customers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. Incentives are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are effective until funding is expended or the program is discontinued. Programs may be modified or terminated without prior notice. www.energyupgradeca.org.